Friday March 22-nd, 2019

SpaceX halts US satellite launch for national security mission SpaceX halts US satellite launch for national security mission

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will carry a new Global Positioning System satellite into orbit around Earth on Tuesday - the first of several launches scheduled for the day. Eventually, the Air Force plans to replace the old GPS satellite constellation...

'Farout', most distant object in solar system, discovered by astronomers 'Farout', most distant object in solar system, discovered by astronomers

Why? As they observed it further, with more images of it captured by Northern Arizona University graduate student Will Oldroyd in early December, using the Magellan telescope at the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile, they found that it was the most ...

Poacher ordered to repeatedly watch movie 'Bambi' Poacher ordered to repeatedly watch movie 'Bambi'

He was arrested in August along with two family members for killing the deer , taking their heads and leaving their bodies to rot, prosecutors said . Three of the defendants are relatives of Berry. "Conservation investigators estimated that the g...

NZ's Rocket Lab launches 13 tiny probes NZ's Rocket Lab launches 13 tiny probes

Space start-up Rocket Lab has launched into orbit a rocket carrying 13 satellites for the USA space agency NASA from its launch pad in New Zealand. The mission is the small satellite launch company's second commercial flight and the first in part...

Comet 46P/Wirtanen: how to see the 'Christmas comet' in December 2018 Comet 46P/Wirtanen: how to see the 'Christmas comet' in December 2018

That's because on that date 46P/Wirtanen reaches what astronomers call perihelion, when it's nearest to the sun , so it has the maximum amount of sunlight reflecting from it. This is not true and knowing that this comet is coming close to Earth - ...

Comet to brighten night sky Sunday Comet to brighten night sky Sunday

That's 30 times the moon's distance from us. According to the website Space.com, it won't be as pretty as Hale-Bopp was back in 1997, or as faint as Halley's Comet in 1986, or the bust that Kohoutek turned out to be in the winter of 1973.

Hubble telescope discovers planet vanishing at record speed Hubble telescope discovers planet vanishing at record speed

These planets are hot because they are located very close to their host star. But, GJ 3470b is a rare "warm Neptune". While the star hosting GJ 436b was between 4 billion and 8 billion years old, the star hosting GJ 3470b is only 2 billion ...

NASA Solar Probe Takes Photo From Within Sun's Atmosphere NASA Solar Probe Takes Photo From Within Sun's Atmosphere

Terry Kucera, a solar physicist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland said, " Parker Solar Probe is going to a region we've never visited before". The most compelling evidence comes from the craft's onboard Plasma Science E...

Geminid Meteor Shower 2018: Where and when to watch it peak tonight Geminid Meteor Shower 2018: Where and when to watch it peak tonight

According to NASA , watching the shower is pretty easy, provided you can get yourself somewhere really, really dark. But Bill Cooke, a meteor expert at NASA, told Space.com that the best time to catch the show will be 2 a.m. Unlike most meteor sh...

Brightest comet set to pass by Earth on Sunday Brightest comet set to pass by Earth on Sunday

The comet will come within 7 million miles of Earth - a proximity that won't happen again for 20 years. The best time to view the comet and meteor shower is about 1 a.m. But the comet is an interesting object of study and helps astronomers better u...

Russian cosmonauts take 6-hours spacewalk to probe mystery hole in ISS Russian cosmonauts take 6-hours spacewalk to probe mystery hole in ISS

Russian Federation hopes to conclusively determine whether the hole was made in space or on Earth, though up to this point all word out of the country has suggested that it was created during the manufacturing process. The discovery of the hole was f...

U.S. EPA Proposes to Relax WOTUS Rules U.S. EPA Proposes to Relax WOTUS Rules

Furthermore, a mere "hydrological connection" is not sufficient to qualify a wetland as covered by the Clean Water Act; it must have a "continuous surface connection" with a " water of the United States " that makes it "difficult to determine where t...

China's Dark Side Moon Lander Has Just Successfully Entered The Lunar Orbit China's Dark Side Moon Lander Has Just Successfully Entered The Lunar Orbit

The Chang'e program has launched three formal missions before, and this fourth one is special because China vowed to make an ambitious effort of studying the moon's region that NASA has never reached before. China has promoted global cooperat...

NASA's InSight lander proves it's on Mars with a selfie NASA's InSight lander proves it's on Mars with a selfie

The bantam duo became the first cubesats ever to explore interplanetary space , and they also beamed home InSight data during the bigger craft's "6.5 minutes of terror" entry, descent and landing (EDL) sequence on November 26. "This is the same im...

Tropical Cyclone Owen will wreak havoc across Queensland, residents warned Tropical Cyclone Owen will wreak havoc across Queensland, residents warned

Residents in inland areas of the far north are experiencing gales and heavy rainfall. In Sydney , heavy rain severely reduced visibility on the roads causing a spate of traffic accidents. After making landfall on Saturday morning, Owen is expected...

Australian ant sets fastest animal record Australian ant sets fastest animal record

Animals of the species Mystrium camillae , which is part of the Dracula ants, beat this, however: The insects press their mouthparts, mandibles called, against each other and create a kind of spring tension, the flick finally, similar to the finge...

NT coastal areas prepare for cyclone NT coastal areas prepare for cyclone

It is forecast to remain a category three cyclone when it crosses the Queensland coastline between Karumba and Cape Keerweer on Friday afternoon. The cyclone is predicted to reach Category three strength, which includes winds gusts of up to 224km...

‘Christmas comet’: Year’s brightest comet streaks by Earth this weekend

According the University of Maryland, its brightness varies with each approach-and 2018 is a particularly good year to try and catch the comet with a naked eye. Astronomer Joseph Rao said it would be possible to see it, but the comet will be very h...

NASA's Voyager 2 probe enters interstellar space NASA's Voyager 2 probe enters interstellar space

The little spacecraft is now 11 billion miles from Earth . The Voyager probes were created to last 5 years and study the giant gas planets Jupiter and Saturn. There are also pockets of plasma near its fringes that can trick human-made instruments...

InSight sent a selfie from Mars InSight sent a selfie from Mars

On top of the deck are its science instruments, weather sensor booms and UHF antenna. NASA's InSight lander touched down on Mars on November 26. "This might seem like a pretty plain piece of ground if it weren't on Mars, but we're glad to see...

NASA's Insight clicks its selfie in Mars, image goes viral NASA's Insight clicks its selfie in Mars, image goes viral

The InSight spacecraft , which touched down on the flat equatorial plain Elysium Planitia on November 26, took the selfie using the camera on its 5.9-foot-long (1.8 meters) robotic arm. "The surface of Mars is subject to some of the same processes...

Evidence of water discovered on asteroid Bennu Evidence of water discovered on asteroid Bennu

Bennu regularly crosses Earth's orbit and will come perilously close in about 150 years. "When samples of this material will be returned to the mission on the Ground in 2023, scientists will have a trove of new information about the history and devel...

Meteor shower to light up sky Meteor shower to light up sky

ET, predicts Sky & Telescope. In the United Kingdom, the best time to see them will be between midnight and dawn on 14 December, but you can start looking any time after sunset. "When Earth passes through the trail, the sand-grain-sized meteoroids ...

Spacewalking astronauts check site of capsule leak - 12/11/2018 3:09:10 PM Spacewalking astronauts check site of capsule leak - 12/11/2018 3:09:10 PM

Roscosmos has ruled out a manufacturing defect causing the 2 mm-wide hole found in August on the Russian Soyuz capsule, but the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) has sought to dampen speculation of sabotage, according to a Reuter...

Subsurface dark community hundreds of times more than humans Subsurface dark community hundreds of times more than humans

Microorganisms living underneath the surface of the earth have a total carbon mass of 15 to 23 billion tons, hundreds of times more than that of humans, according to findings announced by the Deep Carbon Observatory and coauthored by UT Professor o...

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